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International Journal of Political Science and Development

Vol. 3(2), pp. 108118, February, 2015.  

DOI: 10.14662/IJPSD2015.012

ISSN: 2360-784X



Research Paper



Going urban: marking cities, city networks and global commodity chains in the capitalist world-system


Alejandro Christian D. Soler


PhD student, Department of Political Science and International Relations

University of Delaware. E-mail: csoler@udel.edu


Accepted 20 February 2015




The study of Global Politics has traditionally taken the nation-state, individual and international system as its units of analysis. This piece asserts that a glaringly missing unit the city is a viable object of inquiry in the study of globalization and politico-economic processes. Utilizing the city as a unit of analysis facilitates a more thorough understanding of the neoliberal capitalist world-economy, which traditional units of study in international relations tangentially provide. I posit that actors in cities, from transnational companies to local officials, deploy power in the form of neoliberal urban policy and create new and uneven economic geographies, through the organization of global commodity chains, respectively. I conclude with two propositions: cities 1) offer a unique explanation and description of power, inequality, and structure that conventional units of analysis miss out on, and 2) vivify the reality that capitalism and neoliberal governance are unquestionably tied to space.

Keywords: Cities, world cities, world systems, International Relations, capitalist world-economy, neoliberalism, uneven development, global commodity chains

Cite This Article As: Soler ACD (2015). Going urban: marking cities, city networks and global commodity chains in the capitalist world-system. Inter. J. Polit. Sci. Develop. 3(2): 108-118.







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